Dazzling, creative, fun and
fabulous — the curator of Cayman’s first-ever bra art show, Gale Tibbetts, had
a tough job on her hands but finally sized up 20 bras to display at 24K-Mon
Jewelers & Art Gallery’s BRAvo art exhibition 19 October through November.
Ms Tibbetts, owner of the store and
gallery in Buckingham Square, West Bay Road, came up with the novel way to
raise money for this month’s Lions Tropical Garden’s annual breast campaign.
All the pieces for the show, which
is open to the public, were made at the store’s Bring Your Own Bra workshop
held recently. Participants made a wide range of bra creations using
store-bought materials including feathers, beading and brocade. While others
sewed on trimmings, others worked with glue guns to turn functional bras into
something Madonna would be proud to wear in public.
“Each bra creation is as individual
as the person who made it,” said Ms Tibbetts. While some are fun and flirty,
others commemorate the passing of a loved one who died from the disease.
“We’ve been delighted at the
ingenuity and playfulness that each bra-tist has brought their interpretation
of the brief,” Ms Tibbetts said.
“It is such a nice variety of
artwork and themes.”
In addition to grown-ups, the
workshop attracted a smattering of teenagers. One group of women who made a bra
art piece together, which is now on show, were the Caymanites who walk in the
Susan G. Komen event in Tampa annually. As a thank you to all the participants
and the event’s sponsors, the gallery is hosting a BRAvo art exhibition opening
reception Tuesday, 26 October from 5–8pm with liquid refreshment. Members of
the public are encouraged to view the art show and vote for their favourite
brassiere in the Bras for the Cause competition, or better yet, place a bid for
one of the works of art, which are helping raise awareness and funds for the
Lions Club’s campaign and free mammograms.
For further details about the BRAvo art exhibition, call Ms Tibbetts